Certified Professional Organizer, ADD Specialist, Expert On A&E's Hoarders
Certified Professional Organizer, Speaker/Trainer and
For over fifteen years, Mindy Godding has worked to create order and clarity in the world around her. As an organizing consultant and specialist in both chronic disorganization and hoarding, Mindy helps her clients to take back control in their world. Mindy has met the highest criteria of training and experience in our industry. She has earned both Certified Professional Organizer® credentials and is a Master Trainer in CD and Organization.
Mindy's work specialties include large-scale residential projects and whole-house transformations for busy families. After a decade in retail merchandising and space planning, she enjoys creating functional spaces that look and feel like upscale boutiques.
As a leader in the organizing industry, Mindy has coached and educated hundreds of professional organizers across the country on techniques to build successful relationships and create dramatic results. She regularly conducts training and delivers keynote speeches to associations and professional groups who are looking for a high-energy, captivating speaker.
Mindy has served as the Speaker’s Bureau Coordinator for the ICD and a past board member of both the Virginia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the NAPO-Richmond chapter. In 2011, Mindy was honored with the "Volunteer of the Year" Award from ICD. She is a contributing author for The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization. Mindy and her work have been featured in print, television, and internet media, including: S-Moda, Richmond Magazine, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, Virginia This Morning, and "Hoarding: Buried Alive" on TLC.
In her pursuit of Abundance in life, Mindy makes sure she spends plenty of time on the important stuff, like cooking with her husband, yoga, and therapy dog work with Jake, her Labrador retriever.
Sara has always found joy in developing ways to make things easier. With over 10 years of extensive training and hands-on experience, Sara has become an expert in working with adults with ADD/ADHD, chronic disorganization and addiction. Known for her calming, motivational, supportive, and honest approach and due to her personal experiences with addiction and chaos, Sara truly empathizes with her clients. As a result, they become empowered, focused and are no longer paralyzed by clutter.
With a degree in Graphic/Information Design Sara knows the value of aesthetics, creating balance, planning a space and clear communication. Sara is one of two professionals (Mindy is the other) in central Virginia to earn both Professional Organizing certifications offered. In addition, Sara is a contributing author in the leading sourcebook for training organizers in the industry. She travels the country as an expert on the A&E series "Hoarders," and does virtual work with clients across the globe. She is a proud member of The National Association of Professional Organizers and The Institute For Challenging Disorganization. She frequently speaks for professional and corporate groups and universities on topics ranging from time management to hoarding. Sara makes various appearances on local television and radio shows and has been featured in local and national publications like the Associated Press and Ladies Home Journal.
Sara finds true Abundance when she can play with her son Alton and husband, Tim. She enjoys anything crafty, sewing, anything chocolate, the beach, and most importantly, her pajamas.
Certified Professional Organizer, Chronic Disorganization, ADD and Hoarding Specialist
Cathy LeHew has created calm during crisis for over 20 years. She finds comfort in helping others create and maintain simplified environments so they gain time for family, friends and their community. Her compassion and energy make the organizing session fun for both her client and her team. She helps her clients get control over their piles of clutter and creates a place and system that makes sense. With respect and integrity, Cathy takes the frustration and anxiety out of the organizing process and manages to replace those feelings with personal empowerment. It's not unlikely for her clients to end their session with a sigh of relief and a hug.
Cathy’s specialties include team organizing, paper management, and relocation/renovation and rightsizing organizing. She regularly conducts training and seminars for associations and professional groups who are looking for a motivating and insightful speaker. She inspires attendees to make positive changes and live with true abundance. Cathy is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. She serves as Vice-President of the NAPO-Richmond Chapter and the Chapter Ambassadors’ Liaison for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Cathy and her work have been featured in Belle Magazine, Style Weekly, and Boomer Magazine and on CBS-6's Virginia This Morning and TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive. She has also provided aftercare organizing services for contributors on the A&E television show “Hoarders”.
After living in Texas, Rhode Island, Ohio, Oregon, Hawaii, Guam and Maryland, she proudly calls Virginia home. Cathy finds her true Abundance by spending her leisure time visiting her daughter, Lauren, in New Orleans, entertaining friends and family, gardening, and walking her rescue beagle, Oscar.
Suzanne Shultz has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. After studying and working in a variety of fields such as interior design, retail management and criminal justice, she discovered that what she enjoyed most in each of her positions was identifying areas ripe for improvement and implementing efficient and effective solutions. After coming to this realization, Suzanne entered the world of professional organizing. Since becoming a professional organizer, Suzanne has attended the NAPO National Conference and earned a Certificate in Chronic Disorganization through ICD. She is currently furthering her education by participating in Coach Approach for Organizers.
Suzanne’s organization philosophy is that solutions should be simple, efficient, and visually appealing. She believes that when people feel good about themselves, their ability to make good decisions and achieve their goals increases exponentially. As a result, Suzanne’s approach to working with clients is to celebrate each individual’s strengths and to offer guidance and support at times of uncertainty. She finds joy in assisting her clients with identifying, visualizing, and ultimately achieving their personal goals.
Suzanne also enjoys building relationships with local non-profits and identifying each charities' specific donation needs so that when her clients make the decision to donate their belongings, Abundance Organizing is able to ensure those items find their way to charities who can directly benefit from them. Over the past year, Suzanne, along with the Abundance team, has volunteered hands-on organizing at the YWCA of Greater Richmond and is passionate about generating donations for their battered women's shelter.
Suzanne finds her true Abundance by spending time with her friends and family, volunteering in the community, and taking her two mini dachshunds, Lo and Bianca, on walks by the river. She is a member of the Junior League of Richmond and currently serves as the Membership Director of NAPO Richmond. Suzanne is also on the advisory board of a local non-profit called Saving Our Youth, which offers higher education services to at-risk youth in the City of Richmond.
As a busy working wife and mother, Amanda recognizes that organization is an ongoing challenge and has developed a true appreciation for the value of simplicity. After making the conscious decision to bring her life into balance and cut the clutter from her time and space, she not only found strategies that work, she also found her calling—helping others to do the same.
Amanda loves creating beautiful spaces that make room for what matters most while using what is already on hand. She strives to live simply and find ways to reduce her impact on the environment.
Her background includes a year of interior design at Syracuse University, a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters in social work. Her education and 20 years in human services have given her insight into the complex interplay between people and places. In 2008, she became interested in sustainable ecological design (permaculture) and minimalism and developed a passion for improving the relationship between people and the environment.
Amanda synthesizes her background in interior design, human behavior, and environmental systems theory in her organizing practice. She takes time to understand what is working and what is not working, as well as goals and barriers, to find sustainable solutions. She enjoys helping people find serenity and achieve their goals through streamlining, organizing, and arranging what they have in a beautiful and harmonious way.
In addition to organizing, Amanda enjoys spending time with her two children, Evelyn and Ansel, her husband Andy, and the family’s two cats, Hunter and Posey. She has served as membership chair, house tour chair, and president of her neighborhood civic association and currently serves on the newsletter committee and two PTAs. Her hobbies include a front yard food garden, visiting local farmers markets, horse back riding, and crossword puzzles.
Whitney Frost has always found it difficult to sleep knowing that somewhere out there a spice cabinet is out of order. She first learned of her passion for designing creative organization solutions while living with friends. Quickly becoming the de facto space planner, she used each of her friends' personalities to develop systems to keep their lives and home in order. Finding herself regularly taking on this role amongst family and friends, Whitney suddenly realized that the line everyone kidded her with, "you should do this professionally," might perhaps be possible. Whether installing new light fixtures or devising automated systems to make clutter less likely and time more plentiful, nothing makes her happier than sculpting order from disorder.
After graduating from High Point University with a BS in Business Administration, Marketing and Management, Whitney spent a year volunteering in Israel. She helped with after school programs for underprivileged children, taught English to middle and high school students and coached a girl’s basketball team. She also had the opportunity to study Hebrew, experience Israeli culture, and learn about global issues from a different perspective.
Whitney believes that an organized space is a happy place; by learning various organizing techniques, stress can be prevented. Whitney’s goal is to help her clients feel more comfortable about the spaces around them. She would like to help them to use their space to its fullest potential.
In her free time, Whitney loves traveling the world, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Principal Organizing Consultant
Principal Organizing Consultant
After obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Mary Washington, Allison travelled to do mission work in Nairobi, Kenya. She then pursued her Bachelors in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Throughout her nursing career, Allison used her gifts in the art of assessment and compassion; she gives her clients the knowledge and skills of a caring professional.
In her nursing career with a leading health insurance company, Allison enjoyed bringing all of the resources of the community to her patients through collaborative case management. She revitalizes her transplant nursing in her organizing career by sharing in the loss of one to give hope and purpose to another. Her vision is to lead her clients to hope in the midst of loss through Legacy Organizing. Allison will connect clients in grief to local resources in need so that both the giver and receiver benefit.
Allison finds her true abundance by cooking for her husband and two active boys. She has two dogs and enjoys Bible study, watching football and gardening at her son's school.
Lisa has been organizing for friends and family her entire life without consciously thinking about it. Looking for a new direction in her work life, her mother suggested professional organization as a career option. As you would when embarking on anything new, she did extensive research. Through this research, as well as friends and professional acquaintances, she was lead to the team at Abundance Organizing
Growing up a “military brat”, Lisa moved 7 times as a child and continued that pattern by moving 9 additional times in her professional career. Lisa learned quickly to minimize clutter and excess with the next move potentially just around the corner. Having to adapt her belongings to many different scenarios also sharpened her ability to visualize the most productive and efficient use of space.
Lisa’s 20+ year career in retail was the perfect catalyst to professional organizing. Responsible for spaces varying from a linen closet to an entire department store, she has a proven ability to create simple, fun and workable environments no matter the parameters or resources. Lisa is able to see the big picture, break it into manageable pieces and dig into the details to create an outcome that is true to the intended ideal.
Lisa finds her Abundance by spending time with her family and friends around the world, traveling abroad and exploring other cultures. She also enjoys the cultural arts, wine tastings, football games, and playing with her dog, Derby.